A Closed Mouth and a Pink Slip; Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer Placed on Leave
Ohio State Buckeyes head football coach, Urban Meyer is currently sitting on paid administrative leave for denying any knowledge of domestic violence charges filed against one of his assistant coaches. Why is Meyer on leave if he is not charged with these allegations? Because according to several reports Meyer knew of at least 2 incidents involving this coach and the alleged victim and did not bring any of this information to light. Even as recently as last week, when he was asked directly about his knowledge of the most recent case.
The Back Story:
In 2009, while coaching at Florida, one of Meyer’s assistant coaches, Zach Smith was allegedly involved in a domestic abuse situation with his now ex-wife, Courtney Smith, that was reportedly swept under the rug after Courtney dropped the claims.
Then in 2015, Zach Smith was investigated by Powell, Ohio police for suspicion of domestic violence (felony), after an alleged incident with his then wife which investigators claimed showed signs of repeated abuse.
Meyer, was asked as recently as this past week about his knowledge of the 2015 case, which also lead to Smith’s firing. Meyer denied any knowledge of the case, eluding to a statement presented by Smith’s lawyer that basically says Smith did not want Meyer to have to deny this later so he kept this information private.
Per her claims to The Stadium, Courtney Smith discussed this abuse with Shelly Meyer, Urban Meyer’s wife, on numerous occasions. Almost being consulted by Mrs. Meyer about how to deal with the abuse. While Courtney could not confirm if Shelly passed this information on to her husband, 6 years of discussion around this serious of a topic would lead one to believe Shelly Meyer said SOMETHING to her husband.
As of yesterday (August 1st), Urban Meyer was placed on PAID administrative leave pending the investigation into his knowledge of these abuse cases. Whether Meyer really did know about these abuse cases, and any investigation or lack thereof, is still to be determined.
What is even more serious to look at, is now the validity of all Ohio State and possibly even other school’s investigations are likely to be questioned. Looking at Larry Nassir’s epic case last year, there is no way NCAA officials can turn a blind eye to possible cover-ups.
Meyer’s future as a head collegiate football coach may be hanging in the balance, but the future of ALL college sports is in danger of being on trial.
Stay tuned for updates on this progressing story.